Nellie Taylor of Americas Mailbox said it has 15,500 members.
Members include full-time RVer’s military members, snowbirds and traveling nurses, Taylor said.
…What are the benefits of benefits of being a South Dakota resident when the resident doesn’t physically live here?
Here’s what the mail forwarding businesses and social media supporters say: Tax savings.
Residents who spend only one day every five years here don’t pay any state income taxes, their Social Security and retirement pensions are not taxed and there are no gift or inheritance taxes.
Vehicle registration fees, vehicle taxes and vehicle insurance fees are among the lowest in the nation. South Dakota does not require annual vehicle inspections.
…There are 9,289 registered voters with the Americas Way address, said Lori Severson, the election supervisor for Pennington County.
…Minnehaha County sent out 2,226 absentee ballots for the November 2020 election to registered voters with the 3916 N. Potsdam Ave. address, county auditor Ben Kyte said [Rae Yost, “Spend One Night Here and You Can Be a South Dakota Resident,” KELO-TV, 2021.04.02].
Those three residency mills have 27,000 members who experience only the benefit of low taxes—more money in their pockets—and none of the harms—strangled public budgets resulting in lower quality schools, county roads, fire protection, and other vital public services. If those ersatz residents all vote, they constitute 4.6% of the currently registered South Dakota electorate.
In 2018, Kristi Noem beat Billie Sutton by 11,458 votes.